Assemblymember Levine Comments on Immigrant Day Rally

Monday, May 15, 2017

(Sacramento) Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County) released the following statement following his participation at the California Immigrant Policy Center annual Immigrant Day Rally:

“President Trump’s xenophobia is playing a role in tearing apart families in my district. Just last week a constituent of mine, Hugo Mejia, was picked up by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agents while on a job assignment, and is facing immediate deportation. He has lived in my community for over a decade, has no criminal record, and is a dedicated father of three and devoted husband. These actions taken against Hugo Mejia will tear him from his U.S. born children,” said Assemblymember Marc Levine. “The vindictiveness of the Trump administration in immigration enforcement is why I proudly coauthored SB 54, the California Values Act.  Our communities become less safe if any segment of our population is afraid that if they talk to the police they may be deported.  SB 54 recognizes that our local law enforcement officials should play no role in immigration. That is the job of the federal government.”

Assemblymember Levine introduced AJR 2 last December, which commends Latino Americans and Muslim Americans for their economic, political, and cultural impact on California and the United States. The resolution calls on the President of the United States and Members of the United States Congress to reject efforts to monitor mosques, profile American Muslims, adopt any immigration policy based on discrimination and to reject efforts to build a wall along the U.S. – Mexico border.

Levine authored AB 899 which protects immigrant children by safeguarding their records from unauthorized disclosure to federal immigration officials that may result in a child’s deportation. As the author of AB 899, Assemblymember Levine also requested that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, when processing requests for immigration benefits, no longer request information contained within juvenile adjudication records.  Assemblymember Levine also authored AB 900, which aligns California law with federal immigration law to allow young people in California to receive humanitarian relief through the Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Visa. As part of the efforts to provide protections to vulnerable immigrant youth who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected, Assemblymember Levine and legislative leaders successfully petitioned the Supreme Court of California to ensure that such youth are able to receive the benefit of a custodial guardian as intended by AB 900. Both AB 899 and AB 900 are now law.

Assemblymember Levine represents the 10th Assembly District which includes Marin and Sonoma Counties.